Shannen W. Coffin

Shannen W. Coffin

Shannen W. Coffin (born ca. 1969) is an attorney for the Washington, D.C. law firm Steptoe & Johnson LLP who until early November 2007 [cite news
title=Cheney Lawyer Leaving
publisher=U.S. News and World Report
] served as general counsel to American Vice President Dick Cheney. [, 30 January 2006: "Alito's 'Murder Board' a Mix of the Legal Elite".] [Time, 21 August 2007: "Officials admit having wiretap papers".,8599,1654515,00.html] Coffin was previously at the Department of Justice, where he served as a Deputy Assistant Attorney General of the Civil Division. In that position, Coffin was responsible for oversight of the Federal Programs Branch, a component of the Civil Division that defends the federal government in a diverse array of lawsuits, including the defense of constitutional challenges to federal statutes and agency programs, civil anti-terrorism litigation, and disputes involving access to Executive Branch information.

Prior to joining the Justice Department, Coffin had worked for Steptoe & Johnson in its Supreme Court and appellate practice. He clerked for Judge David B. Sentelle on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit in the 1994-1995 term.

Coffin came to national attention when his correspondence with U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont surfaced in regard to the NSA warrantless surveillance controversy that became public in August 2007. [Time, 21 August 2007: "Officials admit having wiretap papers".,8599,1654515,00.html]

Shannen Coffin is married to Casey Coffin and has written articles for National Review's website [National Review, 2 May 2005: "Don Presidente".] and publications for the Federalist Society. [Federalist Society, 1 June 2004: "An Examination of Cheney vs. U.S. District Court".]

He grew up in Springhill in northernmost Webster Parish, Louisiana.


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